Deputy Sheriff, Recruit (Entry-Level)

$56,603 - $62,436 yearly
  • Clackamas County
  • Oregon City, OR, USA
  • Mar 15, 2023
Full time Police/Sheriff

Job Description

Deputy Sheriff, Recruit (Entry-Level)

Job ID: 106883

Location: Oregon City, Oregon

Full/Part Time: Full Time



Clackamas County employees work to serve the public and enrich our community. In that spirit, we pledge to hold ourselves to these standards at all times in our interactions with customers and one another:

• Service
• Professionalism
• Integrity
• Respect
• Individual accountability
• Trust

By incorporating these values into our daily routines, we can better serve our customers, ourselves and our projects. We're always looking to improve. That's the Clackamas County SPIRIT.

Clackamas County is committed to building a community where people thrive, have a sense of safety, connection, and belonging, so that everyone is honored and celebrated for the richness in diversity they bring.
We encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds and lived experience to apply.


This Job Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on April 24, 2023.


Annual Pay Range: $56,603 - $62,436

Hourly Pay Range: $27.21 - $30.01

After approximately one year of employment, successful completion of the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) Academy and the CCSO Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP) Deputy Sheriff, Recruit employees are moved to the Deputy Sheriff ($33.12 - $42.40 per hour) classification.

Salary offers will be made within the posted pay range and will be based on a candidate's experience (paid or unpaid) that is directly relevant to the position.

Clackamas County proudly offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including competitive wages, cost-of-living adjustments, merit increases (for eligible employees), and a robust sick and vacation plan for regular status employees.

We encourage and support employee health and wellness by offering, health and wellness classes and events, and alternative care benefits, so you can customize your wellness needs to fit your lifestyle.

Employee benefits become effective the first of the month following an employee's date of hire.

Attractive benefits package and incentives for employees in regular status positions are detailed below.

Generous paid time off package, including:

• 11.7 hours of vacation accrual per month
• 8 hours of sick accrual per month
• 10 paid holidays and 2 personal days per year

Other Benefits:

• Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP):
• Employer-paid 6% PERS retirement contribution (The county currently pays the employee's share of the retirement contribution.)
• OPSRP members get vested after five years of contributions or when they reach age 65

• Employer paid 4% Deferred Compensation
• Employer Paid 3.5% to Medical Trust
• A Choice of Medical Plans that include chiropractic coverage, alternative care, vision, and prescription drug coverage
• A Choice of Dental Plans
• Robust EAP and wellness programs, including gym discounts and wellness education classes
• Longevity pay
• Other retirement Savings Options that allow for additional retirement funds savings, including an option to contribute a portion of employee earnings on a pre or post-tax basis to a 457b Deferred Compensation Plan
• A variety of additional optional benefits (see links below for additional information)

This is a full time County position represented by the Peace Officers Association.


Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking highly motivated, self-directed candidates with strong communication and interpersonal skills for Deputy Sheriff, Recruit.

Testing is required PRIOR to the close date of this recruitment, please read the OTHER INFORMATION section carefully for detailed requirements and information.

Learn more about the work of a Deputy Sheriff at


This is a SWORN position that requires a complete Statement of Personal History (SPH).

Only those applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for the position they are applying for will need to submit the SPH. The SPH is due 10 calendar days AFTER you have been notified that you have passed the minimum qualification screening. This notification will take place AFTER the recruitment has closed.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for the position will receive instructions from the Department of Human Resources or the Sheriff's Office on how to login to the electronic SPH. (The Sheriff's Office no longer accepts hard copies of the SPH.)

Applicants MUST BE AT LEAST 21 YEARS OF AGE by the date of employment.

Visa Sponsorship: Clackamas County does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete an I-9 and confirm authorization to work in the United States.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not receive any type of notification regarding their application until after the recruitment closing date.

Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

• Must be 21 years of age by the date of employment.
• Must be a United States citizen or be one within eighteen (18) months of hire.
• Must possess a high school diploma, GED certificate of high school equivalency, or a bachelor degree from an accredited institution.
• Must be free from criminal convictions other than minor traffic violations.
• Must be willing to be fingerprinted and have fingerprints filed with the State.
• Must be legally able to possess a firearm.
• Visual and Hearing Acuity: Must meet the;JSESSIONID_OARD=qpSmNOqd_mhNDmcN5SevV2qm9_Yf4JVfptMjO6FuoiB740EI4nBD!-213933845?ruleVrsnRsn=264363 as detailed in Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) 259­-008­0000.
• Must be able to be certified as a Civilian Police Officer/Deputy by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.
• Must meet the Minimum Standards for Employment as a Law Enforcement Officer as provided for in Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) 259­008­0010.
• Must meet the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office tattoo policy. See our FAQ's for details
• Must successfully pass the Frontline exam through National Testing Network.
• Must successfully pass the Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT).
• Ability to understand and follow directions.
• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
• Must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test
• Must pass an extensive background investigation, including national fingerprint records check
• Must pass a post-offer physical assessment; accommodation requests will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation
• Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.

Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

• Knowledge of civil law and first aid.
• Knowledge of police practices and techniques of investigations.

*For Veterans qualified for Veteran's Preference: If you believe you have skills that would transfer well to this position and/or special qualifications that relate to this position, please list those skills and/or qualifications in the open-ended question at the end of the application and explain how those skills and/or qualifications relate to this position.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

• Assists and trains in investigations and interrogations, gathering evidence and taking statements.
• Assists and trains in patrolling roads, highways and business areas in the enforcement of traffic and criminal laws.
• Learns procedures for preparing detailed reports necessary for efficient and complete investigations, crime prevention, prosecution and office procedures.
• Learns to operate equipment in the performance of duties.
• Assists and trains in procedures and techniques for making arrests, booking prisoners, transporting prisoners and patients under custody to institutions, courts and on extraditions.
• Learns to serve subpoenas and warrants of arrest.
• Receives instruction and assists in informing the public and answering inquiries regarding laws, ordinances, rules and regulations.
• Learns trial and other court procedures and appears in court as a witness.
• Assists in providing education and safety presentations to the public.


Applicants must meet the Minimum Standards for Employment as a Law Enforcement Officer as provided for in the Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) 259-008-0010.

Must be able to be certified as a police officer by the Department of Public Safety and Standards Training (DPSST).

Visual Acuity: Monocular vision must be at least 20/30 (Snellen) corrected in each eye and not worse than 20/100 (Snellen) uncorrected in either eye. Binocular vision must be at least 20/20 (Snellen) corrected. Officers/Applicants whose uncorrected vision is worse than 20/100 must wear soft contact lenses to meet the corrected vision requirement.

Color Vision: Officers/Applicants must be able to distinguish red, green, blue, and yellow, as determined by the HRR Test, 4th Edition. Red or green deficiencies may be acceptable, providing the applicant can read at least nine of the first 13 plates of the Ishihara Test. Officers/Applicants who fail to meet the color vision standard may meet this standard by demonstrating they can correctly discriminate colors via a field test conducted by the employer as approved by the examining physician/surgeon. Depth Perception: Random Stereo Test equal to 60 seconds of arc or better. Peripheral Vision: Visual Field Performance must be 140 degrees in the horizontal meridian combined.

Hearing Acuity: Officer/Applicants must have no average hearing loss greater than 25 (db) at the 500, 1,000, 2,000 and 3,000-Hertz levels in either ear with no single loss in excess of 40 db. Amplification devices may be used to meet the above hearing requirement.

Must possess a high school diploma, GED certificate of high school equivalency, or a bachelor degree from an accredited institution; must have an acceptable driving record and the ability to obtain a valid driver's license; must be free from felony convictions and must successfully pass an extensive background investigation; must pass an extensive occupational medical exam.

Ability To: Learn and comprehend pertinent federal, state, and local laws and ordinances; learn how to properly utilize police equipment and techniques; understand and follow instructions and directions; deal with the public in a firm but courteous manner; capacity to absorb training in knowledge of police practices and techniques of investigation; good physical condition.

Skill To: Properly utilize police equipment and techniques including firearms and restraining devices; conduct investigations, collect, evaluate and analyze facts and draw correct conclusions; drive an automobile in various weather conditions and in high speed pursuits; understand and follow oral and written orders; deal with the public both tactfully and firmly; think clearly and perform effectively in stressful or emergency situations; maintain accurate and complete records.


Patrol Division: Four (4) day work week, ten (10) hour a day basis (POA contract language cites exceptions to this schedule.) Shift schedules are determined by seniority and the


Clackamas County is in a prime location in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area and is recognized nationally as one of the most livable areas in the United States. Located on the southern edge of the City of Portland and extending to the top of Mt. Hood, Clackamas County is part of a thriving region in the Northwest. It has a population of about 420,000 residents.


“A Tradition of Service Since 1845.” The CCSO mission is to provide public safety services to the people in Clackamas County so they can experience a safe and secure community. CCSO will fulfill the mission of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office through teamwork and partnerships, as reflected in our core values.


The CCSO serves over 400,000 residents of the County with over 400 employees. As the County's largest law enforcement agency the Sheriff's Office patrols the unincorporated areas of the county as well as several cities that have contracted with CCSO to provide law enforcement for them. The CCSO has many specialized units such as canine, motorcycle patrol, the dive team, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), search and rescue, narcotics investigation (SIU), detectives and Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT). The Sheriff's Office is also required by law to provide correctional facilities for the county and to offer support services to other agencies in the County, such as: the jail, special units and occasionally personnel resources.

The CCSO is committed to enhancing a diverse workforce through principles of active recruitment in the community, equal employment opportunity and positive human resource management. The Administration and staff of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office adopts a philosophy and practice that we recognize the full potential of all employees, treating all persons with respect, fairness and impartiality.



Frontline and ORPAT testing is required PRIOR to the close date. PLEASE REVIEW COMPLETELY.

Applicants must take the Frontline written/video exam and transfer their scores to Clackamas County by the close date of the recruitment on April 24, 2023. Testing is available through the National Testing Network (NTN) and can be completed online at home as well as several locations in and out of the state. Click to schedule Frontline testing (or transfer a score). The passing score for Frontline is 65 for each section, including video, writing and reading sections.

Note: We strongly encourage candidates to complete the Work Attitude Questionnaire available after the Frontline test has been completed. Completion of the questionnaire is requested by NTN, but is not required by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and will not be used in the testing evaluation at this time.

Additionally, applicants must take the Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT). Testing is available through the National Testing Network (NTN) at the Brooklake campus of Chemeketa Community College or through the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. Click to schedule ORPAT testing through NTN.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will offer ORPAT testing on the following dates at no charge:
Saturday, March 18th at 8:30 am
Wednesday, April 5th at 5:30 pm
Wednesday, April 19th at 5:30 pm
Saturday, April 22nd at 8:30 am

Contact our jobs email at to schedule your ORPAT with us.

If you've already taken ORPAT with another agency you may request the agency send us the results of your ORPAT (we will not accept test results directly from you). Results must be received prior to the close date to determine if the test meets our testing standards. If it does not, we'll notify you and testing will be required to be completed by the close date (April 24, 2023). Results may be sent to Lyndie Hamlin at

STEP 1: Pass/Fail Minimum Qualifications and Frontline & ORPAT Testing

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications and pass the ORPAT testing as well as the Frontline written/video testing (passing score is 65 in every section) and transfer their test scores to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office by the close of the recruitment (April 24, 2023).

STEP 2: Statement of Personal History & Optional Tour

All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and pass ORPAT and Frontline testing MUST submit a Statement of Personal History (SPH). The SPH deadline is May 8, 2023. You will be contacted by the Department of Human Resources after Step 1 and given the instructions on how to complete for the SPH document.

Additionally, you will have the option of taking a tour of our facility. Applicants will be scheduled in groups of 10-12 over several dates between April 27th and May 8th. You will be provided with contact information if you wish to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about our agency.

STEP 3: Department ("in- house") interview, and other post-offer tests

Eligible candidates who successfully pass Steps 1 - 2 may be invited to a department ("in- house") interview based on hiring needs.

Department interviews will take place any time after the date of May 10, 2023.

If a conditional offer is made, candidates must also pass post-offer job-related physical and psychological evaluations and drug testing for the use of prohibited drugs.

At any time during the application process applicants may have their background packet activated and assigned to a background investigator. PLEASE NOTE: When the Sheriff's Office directs, a background investigator will contact applicants to schedule an INITIAL INTERVIEW. The INITIAL INTERVIEW will include a meeting with a background investigator to have your photo taken, review the SPH and provide instructions on what documents need to be ordered.

Background investigations may run concurrently with other testing processes. Background investigations are comprehensive, therefore they can average six (6) to eight (8) weeks to complete. Delays in processing your background investigation may be caused by not completing all entries, not submitting required documents, or references not responding to an investigator's inquiries.

If at any time during the hiring process it is determined by the Sheriff's Office that the candidate does not pass the background investigation the candidate will be notified and the application will be inactivated. This may occur prior to, during, or after any of the testing phases and/or placement on the eligibility register.


Lindsay White, Recruiter

To apply, visit

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